Domestic Violence Lawyer in West Palm Beach
What Is Domestic Violence?
Being accused of domestic violence is a life-altering experience whether you are guilty or innocent of the charges. When police are called to a domestic violence situation, chances are high that the alleged batterer will be arrested. In many cases, an accusation is all that is needed for an arrest, and the need for an experienced West Palm Beach criminal defense attorney becomes urgent. If you are arrested on domestic violence charges, you will be taken to jail, unable to leave until you are brought before a judge. This usually means that you will have to spend (at least) one night in jail. Almost 100% of the time, the prosecutor will request a no-contact order with the alleged victim, which means if you live with the victim, you cannot go home. If you hire us immediately upon arrest or before arrest, we can be present at your initial court hearing or first appearance. We can argue to the court that you should be permitted to have contact and return to your residence. Otherwise, it can take weeks or months before you can go home.
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Domestic violence is a term used for an array of offenses, ranging from simple assault to stalking or threat to forcible rape and murder. With such a wide umbrella, even the mildest of offenses could land you in jail. Having any domestic violence charge on your record can irrevocably damage your reputation and make other aspects of your life very difficult.
Why Having Skilled Legal Representation Is Important
In South Florida, once you are seen by a judge, the court will most likely impose a "No Contact" order, which means that you may not contact the alleged victim under any circumstances. You cannot go home if the alleged victim resides there. You cannot see your family if the alleged victim resides there. If you are employed at the same place as the alleged victim, you cannot go to work, unless the court expressly makes an exception. Many obstacles following a domestic violence arrest can crop up in the form of restraining orders and other court-ordered restrictions. So hire us before your first appearance so we can avoid these devastating conditions.
In 2008, the total number of domestic violence arrests (which includes threat or intimidation, stalking and simple assault, as well as domestic violence) in Palm Beach County was 6,333. There were 4,043 Palm Beach County domestic violence arrest cases - nearly two-thirds the total of all domestic violence cases.
Need Help? Contact Perlet, Shiner, Melchiorre & Walsh, P.A. Today.
Domestic violence cases are complex, and a West Palm Beach domestic violence attorney at Perlet, Shiner, Melchiorre & Walsh, P.A. is highly experienced with these cases. Once hired, our criminal lawyers will move to modify the "No Contact" order, if it's already been imposed, so you can resume the routine of your life and work until the case is resolved or dismissed.
Most domestic violence charges are misdemeanors. However, there are certain situations in which the charge becomes a felony. We are well-versed in the intricacies of all domestic violence cases. We have a team of investigators is assigned to uncover the facts of your case, and work to unearth any discrepancies in the evidence or ulterior motives of the alleged notion. Perlet, Shiner, Melchiorre & Walsh, P.A. represents clients facing domestic violence charges. Our experienced criminal attorneys in West Palm Beach will aggressively defend your case, help you maintain your freedom, and restore a sense of normalcy to your life. We have had enormous success in having these types of cases dismissed. We are not afraid to fight and go to court.
Give us a call today to learn about how we can protect your rights.